Kylemore Abbey

Centering Prayer Retreat

In 1984 Fr. Thomas Keating OCSO. founded Contemplative Outreach, an organization dedicated to sharing the fruits of contemplative prayer, a method of prayer that strives to develop a relationship with God beyond words, thoughts, and faith. Through Contemplative methods, retreatants will strive to feel the full presence of God in their prayer.

This silent retreat offers the retreatant a deep immersion in the silence of Centering Prayer and will feature DVD’s of Fr. Thomas Keating, Lectio Divina and one on one conversations with retreat facilitators. Retreatants stay in single ensuite rooms in the Notre Dame Kylemore Abbey Global Center. Meals will be provided by the on site dining services.

The retreat will be enhanced by the unique opportunity to live in community with the Benedictine sisters who reside at Kylemore. Retreatants will be able to join the daily Offices and participate in the Eucharist.

The retreat will be facilitated by the Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach Dublin Fionnuala Quinn O.P. and Lesley-Ann O’Connor who serves on the global team for Contemplative Outreach.

Participants have two options for accommodation:

  1. Stay at the Kylemore Global Centre
  2. Stay at St Mary's above the Chocolate Factory. This accommodation is managed by the Benedictine community and offers modest single bedrooms with wifi and a shared bathroom facilities. All meals, including breakfast, will be at the Global Centre, a 5-minute walk from St Mary's. 

Retreat Dates

17-19 November 2023


  • €200/ $220 for 2 nights, 3 days includes ensuite accommodation, meals and sessions in the Global Centre
  • €180/ $200 for 2 nights, 3 days includes accommodation with shared bathrooms in St Mary's, meals and sessions


Kylemore Global Centre
Phone: +353 95 418 15

Register for the November 2023 retreat